The New Zealand-China Food Protection Network - developing international collaboration in food safety and security research


In July 2016 the New Zealand Food Safety Science and Research Centre (NZFSSRC) was established, creating a new centre of excellence that brings together food safety scientists from three New Zealand universities (Massey, Otago and Auckland) and four research institutes (Plant and Food Research, AgResearch, the Institute of Environmental Science and Research and the Cawthron Institute).

This unique partnership is jointly funded by the New Zealand government and our dairy, meat and horticulture industries, to provide science and research outcomes that benefit trade in food products and protect the health of our domestic and international consumers. At the same time, the New Zealand government funded the NZ-China Food Protection Network (NZ-CFPN) – a China Research Collaboration Centre involving all partners in the NZFSSRC. This NZ-China centre is dedicated to developing existing and new collaborations between providers of food safety and security research in New Zealand and China including universities, institutes and academies. This talk will outline recent developments and plans for future development of the NZ-CFPN.

Professor Nigel French


Nigel is Director of the New Zealand Food Safety Science and Research Centre and Professor of Food Safety and Veterinary Public Health at Massey University, New Zealand. He leads the New Zealand-China Food Protection Network; a New Zealand government-funded China Research Collaboration Centre. Nigel is also founder and Director of the Infectious Disease Research Centre and the Executive Director of the Molecular Epidemiology and Public Health laboratory in the Hopkirk Research Institute, specialising in research and training in molecular epidemiology, food safety and the control of infectious diseases. He has published over 250 peer-reviewed journal articles, and 7 book chapters; many in the area of food safety and public health. Nigel is a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand, a Fellow of Food Standards Australia New Zealand, a member of the New Zealand Food Safety and Assurance Advisory Council. He holds honorary/visiting professorships at the Universities of Liverpool and Surrey in the UK and the University of Otago Medical School in New Zealand. He was the recipient of the Massey University Research Medal in 2012.

Prior to joining Massey University in 2004, Nigel held a number of academic positions at the University of Bristol and, between 1996 and 2004, at the University of Liverpool, where he was Professor of Veterinary Epidemiology. He graduated as a veterinary surgeon from the University of Bristol in 1987, and in 1993 he was awarded a PhD (Bristol) and a Masters degree in epidemiology (University of London, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine), funded by a Wellcome Trust Research Training Fellowship in Clinical Epidemiology.